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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Polymer Clay Exposé

It's All Grown Up

Polymer clay is not clay. Its name comes from its ability to be manipulated and baked into endless shapes. It's one of the most forgiving mediums -- since I have only one functional hand, I appreciate the ability to redo, reform, add, subtract, or totally abandon a project and start again tomorrow losing nothing but my patience.

Polymer clay contains polymer and liquid plasticizers that keep it pliable until it is cured. Curing is incredibly simple--pop it in an oven and bake it at a low temperature. As with any craft, a few precautions are necessary. Although classified as a non-toxic substance, polymer clay should not come in contact with food.

A product of the space age, polymer clay is a relatively new substance. Once used mostly for dolls and doll house miniatures, it now is incorporated by innovative artists into every media. I've listed links to a few fantastic clayers' websites -- check out their gorgeous designs.

If you haven't done so already, pick up a package from your local craft store and start playing. Have questions about polymer clay? 99% of the time you'll find the answers at the Glass Attic

WARNING: Highly Addictive Craft

A few remarkable polymer clay artists:

Fantastic 3D Creations
Marie Segal's Gallery http://tinyurl.com/285wnn
Lorie O. Follett's fantasy mermaids http://tinyurl.com/2f6jjx
Varied Canes http://www.polymerclaycentral.com/claypen_canes3.html
Barbara Fajaro's swirled lentil beads http://tinyurl.com/2otl5c
Eugena's Creations http://tinyurl.com/35ylwv
Monica Resta's orchid http://tinyurl.com/39do75
Georgia Morgan's calla collection http://tinyurl.com/3bhnkj

WARNING: Highly Addictive Craft

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